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Life and times of a music director


K.J. Jesudas graced the click-on ceremony.

THERE IS an exciting story behind every creation, be it a song or a poem. `Harimuraleeravam', a television serial on Raveendran, narrates the interesting incidents behind the composition of many soulful melodies by the noted music director. The camera pans the life and times of Raveendran, who started his career as a playback singer in the 70's and evolved as one of the foremost music directors in the South, composing about 1,500 songs in 450 films, in addition to a number of light music and devotional albums.

A tribute to `Raveendra sangeetham', as it were, `Harimuraleeravam' opens with a visualisation of the song, `Thaarake mizhiyithalil...'', which Raveendran composed for the film `Choola' in 1979. Much earlier, Kulathupuzha Ravi, as he was known then, had earned a name all over Kerala as a singer through the ganamela troupe, `Thunder Birds'. With a Degree from the Swathi Tirunal Music Academy and a burning ambition in his heart to make it big in cinema, Raveendran moved to Chennai. After a prolonged hunt, none other a person than Sathyan helped him to meet Baburaj, who gave him a chance to sing in `Velliyazhcha'.

Again, it was an uncertain wait for another break, which never came and Raveendran became a dubbing artiste. His sonorous voice soon made him popular and he dubbed for all the films of Ravikumar, who was the hero in the 70's.

K.J. Jesudas then altered the course of his life by persuading him to compose songs. After that, there was no looking back and the singer-turned-music director went on to script a success story which was repeated in the successive films, including `Thenum Vayambum' and `Chiriyo chiri.'

The majority of Raveendran's songs were sung by Jesudas and the music director in turn exploited the depth of the singer's voice in full. Unlike other such biographical features replete with film clippings, as many as 52 songs have been selected to be included in the serial. A detailed exposition of the song and ragas of classical numbers like `Ezhu swarangalum...' would also be included in the feature, which is anchored by playback singer Gayathri.

Raveendran's camaraderie with Jesudas, his association with various lyricists and the stories and situations which prompted the creation of hit songs, interviews and live renditions will also form part of the feature, says the producer-director, Jesudas William.

By Nair N.J.

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